Lyfe Jennings has never been a music artist to shy away from songs that speaks the truth. With lyrics about self-respect and lyrics that often offer up valuable wisdom, Jennings’ songs have become known for their powerful messages. With his new album, “I Still Believe,” Jennings continues to stay true to who he is and continues to do what he does best; deliver great positive music.
A Word For My Sistas: People have often said that your songs are always on point. You keep it real and you sing about real life situations. Why has it been so important for you as a music artist to be honest and have your music focus so much on real issues that people face everyday?
Lyfe Jennings: Because I think it’s so many artists out here already who do the club thing and who do the straight love song thing. And I think music is not only a healer for somebody who’s going through something, but I think music is also a pointer. It can point you in the right way to go.
A Word For My Sistas: I recently read a comment on a blog where a young lady wrote that she loved your music and that your song S.E.X. helped her get through the peer pressure of having sex while in school. When you hear a comment like that, how does it make you feel knowing that your song could help someone in that way?
Lyfe Jennings: That’s the ultimate compliment for me. What I do honestly, it’s not a whole bunch of money in it. I don’t forsee myself being crazy, crazy, rich off the music that I do. So when people actually get it and it changes their life in a way, that’s my richness right there. I become wealthy off of that.
A Word For My Sistas: Let’s talk about your song “Statistics.” What inspired that song and how did you come up with those statistics?
25% of all men are unstable
25% of all men can’t be faithful.
30% of them don’t mean what they say
and 10% of the remaining 20% is gay
That leaves you a 10% chance of ever finding your man
Lyfe Jennings: Well, first off, Steve Harvey’s book “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man” inspired the song. I came up with the statistics by polling a lot of women that I knew. A lot of women are great women, but don’t have men. A lot of people say that I’m talking about Black men and Black women. But what I say is that 25% of men. I didn’t say Black men, White men. I said all men. And it’s just crazy how everybody is all of sudden talking about that he’s saying this about Black men and Black women. That isn’t necessarily what I’m talking about.
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